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According to APSCo (Association of Professional Staffing Companies), professional recruitment firms now have 9% more vacancies compared to this time last year despite the most recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealing that overall employment levels had dropped by 63,000 from April to June.
APSCO’s survey data also showed that permanent finance and accounting roles were up by 15% thanks partly to SME businesses. Temporary and contract vacancies remain stable across the professional staffing market, showing that the flexible workforce is now an essential element to strategic business plans and, according to Ann Swain Chief Executive of APSCo, “enables employers to bring in high-level or niche skill sets that would be near on impossible to secure on a permanent basis.” Swain went on to comment “It is unsurprising that contract vacancies within finance and accounting far exceed average levels as businesses bring on board finance professionals on a contract basis to ensure compliance and boost efficiencies to facilitate growth.”
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